Travel Wise Selecting A Virtual Travel Specialist
one are the days of locate.
relying on your • The site should also include
neighborhood travel agent all relevant information, such as
or spending the first day of your the cost of an excursion, maps
vacation hunting for a local and directions. And, for those
outfitter or guide. Reliable engaging an adventure specialist,
travel specialists are located in a packing list, either directly
virtually every corner of the in the content or in the form of
world and can now be accessed on an FAQ (frequently asked
the web. questions).
Whether you are searching for a Visible track record
tour operator, travel agency or
outfitter, the following tips Great website but how do I know
will help you weed through the they can deliver? Assessing a
plethora of travel specialists travel specialists credentials is
hawking their wears online. not as difficult as it sounds.
Websites • Many industry associations and
tourist boards list members and
The design and content of a accredited agencies on their
company’s website speaks volumes websites.
about the way they do business.
• Check references, read
• A travel specialist’s website testimonials from previous
should provide information that clients, pose questions on a
is useful, informative and fun. travel forum.
• The contact information,
including a phone number and an Knowledge and experience
email address, should be easy to
Nothing can be a substitute for
knowledge and experience. Client service
• Determine the agency or If communicating with the
outfitter’s knowledge of your specialist is a challenge there
travel destination as well as the is a good chance your trip will
type of adventure you wish to turn out to be a disaster. Select
experience. a specialist that is committed to
organizing quality trips and
• Find out how long they have returning satisfied clients.
been in the business and whether
they are accustomed to organizing • How quickly does the agency or
tours for singles, families or outfitter respond to your emails
seniors. and telephone calls?
• Are they eager to assist you
Location of the outfitter with the planning of your
If they are not located in the • Do they go the extra mile to
country you will be traveling to customize your itinerary?
you may also wish to understand: • Does the proposed itinerary
reflect your interests?
• Who will sort out any problems,
accidents, or emergencies that Cost vs. Value
may arise during your holiday?
• When was the last time they Get more than one proposal and
biked down that country road? compare.
• Or how they will obtain a
refund for the boat tour that was • Find out what is and what is
cancelled due to inclement not included in the price.
weather. • Determine the location and
quality of the accommodation. conditions should clearly spell
• How many meals are included and out your responsibilities as well
whether they are buffet or a la as those of the specialist.
• Is the trip fully guided or • What is the company's policy on
will you be touring on your own? reservations, deposits and
• In addition you will want to cancellations?
know what, if any, sightseeing is • Can a tour or excursion be
included and whether you will cancelled for a lack of bookings?
have any free time. • Who is responsible for
additional payments in the event
Conditions of a currency fluctuation?
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